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If you have any questions about the content or organization of this event, contact Nina L. Glisson at (803) 777-8158 or ninal@mailbox.sc.edu. Information about this Conference and other events sponsored by the Center can be found at www.sc.edu/fye.

 

 

Preconference Workshops

Continental breakfast and lunch is included with all preconference workshops. Separate registration is required.

W-1 Encouraging Resiliency and Grit: Mindsets and Strategies that Enhance Undergraduate Student Success

Mary Stuart Hunter, Associate Vice President for University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; Jennifer Latino, Director, First-Year Experience - Campbell University

Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon $135


More than just buzzwords, resilience and grit-the ability to bounce back from adversity or to be prepared for when it happens-are factors impacting student success. The undergraduate experience presents a wide range of potential setbacks that students may have never before encountered and not every student possesses well- developed skills to manage disappointment and failure. Workshop facilitators will review literature and research related to resilience and grit, lead a discussion on strengthening our work with students, and guide participants to consider strategies to help students succeed. Participants will take away tools to apply in curricular and co-curricular settings.

 

W-2 Proving and Improving: Assessment of Students in Transition

Jennifer R. Keup, Director, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina

Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon $135


In an era of declining resources and increasing accountability, assessment has never been more important to student success initiatives than it is today. Assessment activities can be an important driver for change, serve as a foundation for strategic planning, and inform efforts for students’ transition into and through higher education. This session will review many of the basic tenets of high-quality assessment and focus on the challenges and opportunities with respect to the assessment of students in transition and the programs created to support their success. More specifically, this session will provide an overview of assessment structures and methods; discuss the development of learning outcomes; explore instruments used to assess student learning, experiences, satisfaction, and change; and focus on value-added models and tracking techniques that are critical to the assessment of students in transition.

 

W-3 Planning for Student Transitions Across the Undergraduate Years

Betsy O. Barefoot, Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; Vice President and Senior Scholar - John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

John N. Gardner, Senior Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; President -
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $245


In this workshop, both two-year and four-year participants will be introduced to a comprehensive range of strategies for improving the success of students throughout their college or university experience. Presenters will guide participants in an evaluation of their current institutional transition programs and in the creation of a draft action plan to improve student success, retention, and progression in one or more critical transition periods-first year, sophomore, transfer, and senior (if applicable). Participants will have an opportunity to share their planning drafts and receive feedback from the facilitators and other attendees. Institutional teams are encouraged, but individual participants are also welcome.

 

W-4 Forgotten No More: Creating Opportunities for Transfer Students to Flourish at Your Institution


Stephanie M. Foote, Director, Master of Science in First-Year Studies; Professor of Education - Kennesaw State University; C. Jean So, Assistant Director, Student Orientation and Transition Programs - Kennesaw State University

Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $135


Transfer students are a growing population at most institutions; approximately one out of every five new students at four-year institutions have transferred from another college or university (NCES, 2008). In response to the increasing numbers of transfer students, institutions are creating programs and services aimed at supporting students during their nuanced transitions. This interactive workshop will focus on helping participants identify and develop a plan of action that will provide opportunities for transfer students to flourish. The workshop presenters will introduce best practices, as well as research and assessment findings to guide programs and practices aimed at transfer student success.



W-5 Upgrade Your Peer Leader Program by Creating High-Impact and Transformative Experiences

Bryce Bunting
, Associate Director for First-Year Mentoring - Brigham Young University; Dallin George Young, Assistant Director for Research Grants and Assessment, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition - University of South Carolina

Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $135


Peer leadership is emerging as a high-impact practice (HIP) that positions peer leaders (PLs) to successfully transition into careers or graduate studies. This workshop will support attendees in designing PL experiences that align with the characteristics of other well-known HIPs (Kuh, 2010) and that facilitate meaningful learning for PLs. Participants will be introduced to recent research on outcomes among PLs, evaluate opportunities for strengthening the PL experience on their own campus, and then work collaboratively to adapt a set of peer leadership frameworks and strategies to facilitate a high-impact PL experience for PLs on their own campuses.

 

W-6 Completion: Retention Initiatives at Later Stages of the Student Lifecycle

Rory McElwee, Associate Vice President for Student Retention - Rowan University;
Sean Hendricks, Coordinator, Office of Academic Transition Programs - Rowan University

Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $135


This workshop explores support for retention, progression, and graduation at later stages of the student lifecycle. In the context of the national completion agenda, we examine distinct later-stage challenges to degree completion including failure to meet degree benchmarks or other reasons for changing one's major, financial challenges, life and family circumstance changes, and many other reasons. This workshop addresses the full landscape of retention and progression in the later stages with a focus on time to degree as a remedy for some obstacles, and will also examine challenges for special populations such as transfers and veterans. Participants will share their own successful campus initiatives, plan for a future one, and consider relevant scenarios.